By Chateau Smith-Haut-Lafitte
1995 Smith-Haut-Lafitte from Chateau Smith-Haut-Lafitte, Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux
The 1995 vintage from the esteemed climes of Pessac-Leognan is a testament to the fundamental tenets of fine wine: balance, structure, and complexity. A year marked by favourable climatic conditions, it gave us one of the more illustrious offerings from Chateau Smith-Haut-Lafitte—a chateau that has consistently enraptured the palates of collectors and connoisseurs alike.
Investing in a Stellar Vintage
Chateau Smith-Haut-Lafitte is renowned for its dedication to viticultural excellence and the 1995 Smith-Haut-Lafitte is a paragon of their craft. This vintage stands as an embodiment of investment-worthy winemaking—a remarkable feat of oenological artistry shaped by the unique terroir of the Graves region.
A Vintage Defined by Elegance and Ageability
Upon decanting, the 1995 Smith-Haut-Lafitte reveals a nose steeped in plush blackcurrant, truffle and cigar box aromas, weaving seamlessly with refined tertiary notes developed over years of patient maturation. On the palate, it offers a lush tapestry of dark berries interlaced with hints of tobacco and graphite—a hallmark of Pessac-Leognan’s gravelly soils.
This red possesses an opulent yet remarkably poised body, with supple tannins now softened to perfection, creating an alluring texture. The finish lingers with grace, suggesting that this vintage still harbours potential for further evolution despite reaching a plateau of sheer elegance.
For investors looking to fortify their portfolio with a gem from Bordeaux's left bank, the 1995 Smith-Haut-Lafitte should not be overlooked. With each contemplative sip, it unravels layers of its storied vintage—a narrative spun from the earth of Chateau Smith-Haut-Lafitte's vineyards. In this bottle lies not only a splendid example of Pessac-Leognan's finest but also a smart acquisition for the astute collector who values poise and longevity in their wine investments.
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